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CHESS PROJECT

THE

EMOTIONS IN MOTION

THE CHESS PROJECT

"NEW MOVES"

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THE NEW VISION OF MARSHALL CHESS

Musicians: Bernard Fowler - vocal Keith LeBlanc - drums, percussion
Skip "Little Axe" McDonald - guitar Eric Gales - guitar Paul Nowinksi - bass MonoNeon - bass Mohini Dey - bass Reggie Griffin - keyboards
Alan Glen - harmonica Ralph Rosen - harmonica, drums Mark Kaplan - Sax

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Tracklist: 01 Boom Boom Out Go The Lights 03:13 02 Moanin’ At Midnight 03:29 03 Nine Below Zero 05:40 04 So Glad I’m Living 04:29 05 Tell Me 05:51  06 Booted 03:27 07 Mother Earth 06:12  08 Goin Down Slow 05:06 09 High Temperature 03:58 10 Smokestack Lightning 03:46  11 Help Me 05:22 

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New Moves is not a cover album. It's not a blues album either. Marshall Chess, son of Leonard, always maintained an evolutionary role in his participation in Chess Records, his youth allied with his modernity led Muddy and Wolf to produce for his own label Cadet Concept their most eclectic and speculative albums "Electric Mud" (1968 ) and "The Howlin' Wolf Album" (1968), both discredited by orthodoxy and classicism. In the late 2000s, Marshall together with Keith LeBlanc, drummer and producer for Sugarhill Records, a pioneer Hip-Hop label , they had the idea to record an album using samples from Waters, Wolf, Walter and other Chess Records icons adding contemporary electronic music, rhythm machines and Hip-Hop beats.The rights owners of all these artists - Phil and Leonard Chess had sold the Chess Records catalog in 1969 to GRT and later moved to the Universal Records catalog - they scrapped the idea and the project was relegated. But Marshall Chess, in an unclear maneuver, managed to get Universal's UK division to accept the release in 2008 of a few album copies in the country with the title of Chess Noves. Marshall and Leblanc never left their project behind, and after changing the original idea of using samples of the songs, they gathered a band of musicians to reconstruct the original songs and present them in the studio with a new dimension, electronic and Hip-Hop sung by Bernard Fowler, backing vocalist of The Rolling Stones for the last thirty years. The album has just been released by CZYZ Records, owned by Marshall Chess himself, and it's impossible to remain indifferent when listening to it. The songs by Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Little Walter, Sonny Boy Williamson II, Memphis Slim and Roscoe Gordon have been reconstructed from the own ideas of Keith LeBlanc who produced the album in the studio, electronic sounds, drum machines , contemporary Hip-Hop, naked black music. Blues deconstructed to be rebuilt in random and stimulating terms that will once again be misunderstood and discredited by many but will also be a point of no return for blues music in the twenty-first century to continue with exquisite potential for new generations to get involved with his own musical language in the legacy that Chess Records and its pioneers left for black music since the 1950s of the twentieth century.

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Track 10 -- Smokestack Lightning
Track 01 - Boom Boom Out Go The Lights
Track 11 - Help Me
Track 04 - So Glad I’m Living
Track 07 - Mother Earth
Track 06 - Booted
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HOWLIN' WOLF
02 Moanin’ At Midnight 
05 Tell Me  
08 Goin Down Slow 
10 Smokestack Lightning
 

Howlin Wolf - Smokestack Lightnin
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LITTLE WALTER
01 Boom Boom Out Go The Lights  
09 High Temperature

Little Walter - Boom Boom Out Goes the Lights
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SONNY BOY WILLIAMSON II
03 Nine Below Zero
11 Help Me  

Sonny Boy Williamson - Help Me

MUDDY WATERS
04 So Glad I’m Living  

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Muddy Waters - So Glad I m Living
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MEMPHIS SLIM
07 Mother Earth 

Memphis Slim - Mother Earth
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ROSCOE GORDON
06 Booted 

Roscoe Gordon - Booted

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The Making Of The Chess Project New Moves

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